Well, dear readers, it is with great joy that I tell you that I have finally done it. I’ve finally used the crock pot that was a wedding gift 11 years ago, for the FIRST time. Yes, you read that right. And not only that, but I have also fixed my first ever pot roast!!! (in said crock pot) I am feeling quite overcome with joy at this very moment, over the fact that I was able to prepare a slab of meat without my husband’s help (slabs of meat are usually his department) and that I barely had to lift a finger to do it, thanks to the help of my wonderful crock pot.
And now, a brief note to the crock pot...
Dear crock pot,
Please forgive me for letting you sit in the cabinet for 11 years, only pulling you out on one occasion when I simply needed an easier way to tote a large pot of soup to community group. I vow to use you more often. I have seen the error of my ways. I had heard all the stories, but didn’t fully understand how wonderful you are, until I saw it for myself. You have changed me for the better today, and for that, I thank you, dear crock pot.
Now, the honest truth is that it was good. It just wasn't amaaaaaazing and I'm wondering what I can do to improve upon it next time. I'm now on a mission to create the perfect crock-pot pot roast. :) That's where I'm hoping you, dear readers, will come in. I can always count on you for help! I used a mix of tips I'd found online....quite a few recipes called for putting the veggies and liquid in the bottom of the crock pot and placing the meat on top, cooking for 8-10 hours. However, the meat wasn't fork tender like what I thought it would be. It wasn't super chewy, but it wasn't super tender either. And I kind of figured the veggies would just be mush, but they weren't falling apart either, which seemed weird to me. Should the meat have been on the bottom? Was 8 1/2 hours on low not long enough? Liquid? No liquid?
I'd love it if any of you that have tips for how to cook the perfect crock-pot pot roast, would leave those in the comments section of this post! And certainly, feel free to share your favorite crock pot recipes as well! Thank you so much, in advance!
And now, if you’ll forgive me, I’m feeling quite full and happy and think I shall now go and knit something. After all, on a day when the house smells amazing from cooking dinner all day long -- and it being a slab of meat, at that -- one should surely knit something. I’m feeling very Little House on the Prairie-ish at the moment.
Have a great night, dear readers, and thank you for sharing in my crock pot joy!